Tapajós (proposed Brazilian state)

Tapajós (Portuguese pronunciation: [tapaˈʒɔs]) was the name for a proposed new Brazilian state, which would consist of the western part of the current state of Pará. Along with a simultaneous proposal to create another state called Carajás from another part of Pará, the proposal was defeated in a referendum in 2011 and by law could not be revived until 2015; as of 2019, no new such proposal has been made. Although voters within the territory of the proposed new states voted strongly in favor, the vote was strongly negative among the much larger population in what would have remained of Pará.


The new state's largest city and proposed capital would be Santarém. Tapajós would have a population of about 1.3 million and an area of 722,358 square kilometres (278,904 sq mi), comprising 27 out of Pará's 144 municipalities. As of 2011, its GDP of BRL 6.4 billion constituted 11% of the total GDP of Pará. The planned Belo Monte Dam would be located on the border of the territory of Tapajós with either the new, smaller Pará or the also proposed new state of Carajás.

The two most populous municipalities would be Santarém (population 294,774) and Altamira (population 105,030).

List of municipalities in the proposed stateEdit

Name Name
Alenquer Novo Progresso
Almeirim Óbidos
Altamira Oriximiná
Aveiro Placas
Belterra Porto de Moz
Brasil Novo Prainha
Curuá Rurópolis
Faro Santarém
Itaituba Senador José Porfírio
Jacareacanga Terra Santa
Juruti Trairão
Medicilândia Uruará
Monte Alegre Vitória do Xingu
Mojuí dos Campos

2011 referendumEdit

In a referendum held on December 11, 2011, the residents of the entire state of Pará were asked to vote on proposals to split the state into three parts: Tapajós in the west, Carajás in the southeast, and a rump Pará in the northeast. The proposal to create Tapajós was defeated by a margin of 66.1% to 33.9%.[1] Voting was highly polarized regionally, with voters in the territories of the proposed new states voting strongly in favor, while voters in the rump Pará voted strongly against. In particular, more than 90% of voters in Santarém voted in favor, while more than 90% of voters in Pará's capital city of Belém voted against. As Belém and its surrounding area comprise over half the population of the original state, the proposal had no chance of passing.[2] The mayor of Santarém, Maria do Carmo, vowed to continue efforts to create the new state.[3]


  1. ^ "TSE conclui apuração e confirma vitória do "não" no Pará" [Electoral Supreme Court finishes vote count and confirms victory of "no" in Pará]. Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). December 12, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Aguirre Talento (December 11, 2011). "Mais de 90% dos eleitores de Marabá e Santarém votaram pela divisão" [Over 90% of voters in Marabá and Santarém voted for the division]. Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Rodrigo Vizeu (December 11, 2011). "Após derrota no plebiscito, Santarém decreta luto oficial" [After defeat in referendum, Santarém decrees official mourning period]. Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved December 11, 2011.

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See alsoEdit

  • Carajás - the other proposed state to be carved out of Pará, with the proposal also defeated in the December 2011 referendum